Review of Joy and Joe jewel and timbre kente wraps:
Firstly I would like to start by thanking Bisi for asking me to review both of these beautiful wraps. I had hoped for a kente inspired wrap for a long time. I learned a lot about the rich history behind the kente design over a decade ago, whilst visiting my husbands family in Ghana. I instantly fell in love with the bold geometric designs and bright colours they were often woven in. Luckily for us Bisi at joy and joe also loves the design just as much, and these striking and beautiful wraps are the outcome.
The right to buy both kente wraps was determined by a random draw, I was extremely lucky to be drawn both times. Confirmation e-mails and invoices were sent out quickly and both wraps were posted promptly. Joy and Joe maintained good communication with me and I experienced all round great costumer service from them. The wraps arrived in pretty joy and joe tote bags, jewels was cream and timbres was black. A few lovely extras were added, such as cookies, a tea bag, key rings a snood plus the babywearing instructions among other leaflets. I also revived a Christmas card with timbre, Which I thought was a lovely touch.
Both wraps took me by surprise! The kente jewel was so much more than just a green and white wrap. The dark green areas of the wrap also have black woven through it. This really does give the green a beautiful deep jewel tone to it. It felt quite thick in hand, but definitely not stiff or beastly. It seems like a lot of people worry that the joy and joe double weave will be beastly and need a lot of breaking in, I didn't find this to be the case with kente jewel at all. Next was kente timbre, and surprise surprise, this was also not what I had expected. Instead of the white grey I though it was, there were beautiful light blue threads also woven through it. Timbre felt slightly thinner and stiffer in hand than jewel. This was nothing a wash and some wear didn't fix, and it has puffed up nicely since. I also noticed the textured look the older weaving process used to weave both wraps had given them. This has given then a lovely ethic look. Both wraps were more beautiful in real life than I had imagined them to be.
I'm trying to figure out where to start with both of these wraps as both are absolutely wonderful to wrap with. Joy and joes double weave and the older style of weaving used to weave kente really is something else. I'm going to join the gang and rave about how toddler worthy these wraps are..... However, I absolutely would not write these off for younger squishier babies. The stretch and texture of these wraps allows even a sloppy or rushed wrap job to remain secure and comfortable. This can only be a benefit for newer wrappers. In my opinion this wrap does shine more with toddlers and bigger babies. I can comfortably carry my 2 year old for hours, if needed, in these wraps. I've owned many many different wrap brands and can say joy and joe kente comes out up there at the top for toddler support. I'm pretty sure they will be permanent members of my stash.
This was my first review. I hope I didn't loose you all through boredom and bad grammar Hopefully you've enjoyed reading
Hello, my name is Bisi, babywearing consultant (SoB CIC), mother to two cheeky & very special kids (Joy and Joseph). Our 3rd baby has been christened Joy&Joe baby wrap slings! and we loveeee babywearing :)